Black trustee alliance for art museums appoints Brooke Minto as its first executive director

NEW YORK, NY | APRIL 29, 2021 — The Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Brooke Minto as its first Executive Director. Minto brings twenty years of nonprofit experience working across U.S. and international museums, as well as interdisciplinary arts organizations. She assumed her new role as Executive Director of BTA on April 26, 2021. 

BTA was founded in August 2020 amid renewed calls for racial justice and the acknowledgment of violence against Black lives. BTA is working to build a community of Black trustees and to empower its members with the knowledge and resources to materially diversify their institutions. 

“Brooke is a highly respected arts leader whose museum experiences in cities and communities, here and abroad, position her exceptionally well to lead BTA forward as we work to make our cultural institutions more equitable,” said BTA Co-Founder Victoria Rogers. 

In her new role, Minto will be responsible for cultivating the group’s membership in its inaugural year and overseeing its key mission components: creating community, developing tools for effective leadership,  and elevating the BTA’s collective voice.  

Minto brings her extensive knowledge and experience to BTA, as a Managing Director of the Advisory  Board for the Arts in Washington D.C. and New York. Previously, Minto served as interim Co-Director and Director of Institutional Advancement at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in  Cape Town, South Africa. She was also the founding Executive Director of Zeitz MOCAA Foundation  USA. Prior to her tenure at Zeitz MOCAA, Minto held senior leadership roles at the New Museum of  Contemporary Art in New York, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami  (PAMM). She began her museum career in the curatorial department of the Solomon R. Guggenheim  Museum in New York. 

BTA Co-Founder Gaby Sulzberger commented, “We are pleased and excited that Brooke is going to be  leading BTA – she brings the perfect combination of skills, experience, and dedication to this important  work that we all believe has the ability to help shape and transform the museum field.” 

Minto studied art history at Dartmouth College and received her Master’s in Modern Art and Critical  Studies from Columbia University. She has written and lectured on topics in the museum field, including exhibitions, collections, institutional advancement, diversity, and inclusion. 

“I am honored to have been selected as the inaugural Executive Director of the Black Trustee Alliance,”  said Minto. “It is a great privilege to lead this initiative, at this critical moment – to ensure diversity, equity,  and inclusion in our cultural institutions for all the communities we serve.”

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